Ankylosing SpondylitisPilates

Benefits of Pilates in ankylosing spondylitis

Researchers at the University of Uludag, in Bursa, Turkey, investigated the effects of Pilates on pain, functional status, and quality of life in patients with ankylosing spondylitis.

First, the details.

  • 55 adults with ankylosing spondylitis being treated in a rheumatology clinic were randomly assigned to a treatment group.
    • Pilates exercise program of 1 hour by a certified trainer 3 times a week for 12 weeks
    • Control group: Participants continued previous standard treatment.
  • Participants were evaluated before the study and at weeks 12 and 24.
  • The evaluator was not aware of the treatment given — single-blind.

And, the results.

  • In the Pilates group, the Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Functional Index (BASFI) showed significant improvement at week 12 and week 24.
    • There was no change in the control group.
  • Comparison of the groups showed significantly superior results with Pilates at week 24.

The bottom line?

The authors concluded that Pilates exercises are “an effective and safe method to improve physical capacity in ankylosing spondylitis patients.”

This is the first clinical study designed to investigate the role of Pilates method in ankylosing spondylitis treatment.

5/9/11 22:38 JR

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John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.